Looking for things to do around Santiago? Want to see the Andes mountains? A horseback riding day trip is top of the list of things to do in Santiago, winter or summer! Let us take you on a fantastic day tour on horseback into the Andes near Santiago. Suitable for first time riders or experienced horse riders. Come with the specialists! See the extraordinary beauty and majesty of the Andes, meet the locals, and see the real Chile.
A ride tailored for experienced riders who want to cover the ground and see as much as possible of the Andes mountains. Our horses are good quality and well cared for, strong Chilean corralero horses some of which are thoroughbred. Our guides are first class horsemen who love the mountains which they have worked since childhood.
Photograph a condor from horseback in the Andes near Santiago…
The inca mummy found on El Plomo mountain
Valley known as ‘El Avion’ after the air crash in 1965
Arriero in the mountains. A Chilean cowboy is called an arriero because he herds cattle (to herd is ‘arrear’ and herding is ‘arreo’ in Spanish)
A ride through Valle Engorda on horseback, the Fattening Valley, takes us through rivers and areas full of flowers with a view of Volcan San Jose. In Valle Engorda on horseback we have to cross the river twice. In wet years there are beautiful, special flowers in a patch near one of the crossings. There is […]
Mutisia, a type of clavel de campo, Asteraceae family. The flowers in the cordillera are totally unexpected and unusual. They are often quite fleshy and exotic looking and flower abundantly in the dust of the semi-desert terrain. The mutisia flower is especially beautiful and often grows up through the branches of a shrub, making itself […]
Rigo and Octavio, cousins and arrieros or horseback mountain guides
To be able to lasso a horse is a great skill. When we take children on rides they often want to learn how and our arriero guides help them
This Edelweiss chileno grows all around the place where we camp in hte High Andes, El Clarillo. There are also many other strange and beautiful varieties in that area
Arriero Rigo riding in the Andes mountains near Santiago, Chile. Arrieros in Chile come low in the employment hierarchy. They are paid and treated more or less the same as agricultural labourers in Britain. This has always surprised me as they have very specialist skills. I suppose in the days when horses were in normal […]
Hanging glacier. Riding on horseback to El Morado Glacier, known as La Laguna, Cajon del Maipo.
Mules in hte Andes – an essential part of overnight rides
One day rides are the most popular of all
Experience a long horseback tour and we take rides of a week or more in summer, going out into the high cordillera from a campsite around 2000 metres.
Taking children on rides into the mountains is a huge pleasure to families, but it is more difficult and with more risk and extra responsibility.
El Clarillo, a beautiful valley with a river & small lake, flowers, birds.
El Avion Ride. This is one of our most beautiful rides, up
Amazing views of all the high cordillera roundabout with Volcan san jose and distant glaciers.
The Fossil Lake Ride This is the most challenging ride as although it is not difficult or dangerous, it is a steep climb, not advised if you suffer from vertigo or are unfit. The horses do not find it hard but they need to rest from time to time as we climb the altitude very […]
All the year round snow covered El Plomo is the most striking mountain in the cordillera range east of Santiago
Marmolejo mountain, seen in left fork as we ride up the valley Engorda Marmolejo is the highest mountain in the Cajon del Maipo and is the southernmost peak in the world that is over 6000m . This ride involves negotiating rivers which adds a touch of drama even though they are not difficult to cross and […]
Lunch by the frozen lake at the foot of the hanging glacier El Morado (not the Morado National park) The Morado National Park of Chile, accessed from Bano Morales, is famous for its red river and its glacier. Many tourists visit it, but we take a different approach, where you will see almost nobody except […]